April 21, 2011…
All roads lead to City Park for the final pool matches and the finals of the Vaisakhi International tournment.
The final pool matches are to be played on Friday -22nd to Saturday 23rd April while the semi-final and final matches are slotted for the 24th and 25th. Friday sees old rivalries renewed with Orange taking on Sliders at 2:00 pm. Sliders will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the 4 – 0 drubbing they received from Orange during a league match a fortnight ago.
“We were a bit lax in the midfield and our flanks failed to function as a unit during our last encounter’ says Slider Skipper. ” Our strikers were also a bit lax but we’ve worked on this. The 4 – 0 defeat was the worst ever result we recorded and we’re determined to give Orange a run for their money this time”.
Orange has however expressed confidence a head of the tie, while being careful not to under-estimate their opponents. Orange Team Manager Jane Nyamogo says despite getting the better of Sliders in the league match, “We know they have noted their weaknesses from the league matche and trained well. We’re not taking any chances. We’ll go full out and fight for a win.”
Players to watch in this match include Anita, Awuor, Lynnete and Wachira for Sliders and Orange’s Jackline Mwangi, Pristine Nyeri, Tioni and Barbra Simiyu. Orange goalkeepers Josphine Ataro and Cynthia could also prove decisive in this match.
Orange, who face Vikings, an equally tough team on Saturday morning at 10 am, is yet to loose a match in any competition to a local team in over 3 years.
An institutions derby is also set to roll in the Men’s Pool A encounter pitting (Kenya College of Acountancy) KCA and Kenya Polytechnic. Both teams have played against Kenya police, loosing 5 – 1 and 9 -0 respectively. Kenya Polytechnic has also played against Multimedia University in a match that ended in a 3 – 3 draw.
A win for Kenya Poly would most certainly guarantee them a place in the semi finals alongside Kenya Police. KCA however, start as firm favorites to win the tie.
Saturday sees another classic clash in the Men’s pool B with premier league champions Strathmore taking on Nairobi Simba. Strathmore will be out to regain lost pride after Simba defeated them in their last encounter during the KHU floodlights tournament. Simba on the other hand will be tightening their defenses after suffering a shock 3 – 0 loss in the league barely 2 weeks ago.
“The team is ready and we’re all looking forwad to a good game on Saturday a 4 pm.” Said Strathmore Captain Allan Iningu. “Talk is cheap, let us play.”
Other matches to watch for are the Strathmore ladies vs Vikings on Friday at 4:00 pm and Strathmore ladies vs Slides on Sunday at 10:00 am.
Also on the cards thsi weekend is the Uganda Hockey Association Easter Invitational Tournament to be held in Kampala, Uganda.
Weekend matches: Friday – KCA vs Kenya Poly (10:00 a), Kenya Police vs Multimedia Univ (12:00 pm), Orange vs Sliders (2:00 pm), Strathmore ladies vs Vikings (4:00pm), Strathmore men vs Karate (6:00 pm). Saturday – Orange vs Vikings (10:00 pm), KCA vs Multimedia Univ (12:00 pm), Karate Axion vs Parklands (2:00 pm), Strathmore men vs Nairbi Simba (4:00 pm). Sunday – Strathmore ladies vs Vikings (10:00 am).